This course will consist of an examination of crucial issues in literary theory. We shall center on several key-concepts such as tradition, textuality, interpretation, ideology, authority, in order to problematize and historicize the ways in which we read texts. Most of the critical essays we shall study will be taken from David Richter, edition, The Critical Tradition (New York, 1989). Course requirements: two shorter papers (eight to ten pages), a research paper of fifteen to twenty pages and an oral report. No final exam.